Most TV producers dream of finding one hit series. But for a handful of successful production company chiefs, one just isn't enough. These overachievers not only oversee several new and returning shows, they're currently developing and pitching another batch for next season. Meet some of this fall's power producers and what they're currently working on...
As Falling Skies prepares to end its run next year, TNT is turning again to Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Television shingle for another epic action/adventure project. The cable network has ordered the Amblin pilot Lumen, which centers on a family locked in another world.
Also on board: Author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and his Full Fathom Five production company.
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Question: I have never been a fan of Two and a Half Men (tried to watch it years ago, but the only thing I found funny was Conchata Ferrell) and never understood how it has stayed on the air for so long. I saw that creator Chuck Lorre is planning on the main storyline next season to be about the two main characters (Walden and Alan, both heterosexual) "marrying" each other in order for Walden to achieve his goal of adopting a child. To me, I find this appalling on so many levels. Gay men and women (and their straight allies) have fought for so long for equal marriage rights, so having two straight men "marry" just seems like a mockery for those fighting for marriage equality. I am a little ashamed of Lorre even coming up with this idea (particularly as his biggest star, Jim Parsons, on his biggest show, The Big Bang Theory, is gay). Your thoughts? — Tim in Atlanta
TNT has renewed three of its summer dramas, The Last Ship, Major Crimes andFalling Skies, the network announced Friday.
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I can't believe we already lost a beloved character on True Blood! Please give me some happier scoop about the final season. — May
How about some new blood? You'll soon meet a chiseled new vamp who gets pulled into the H-vamp war. And when he sets his eyes on one lucky Bon Temps lady, he'll prove to be just as good a lover as he is a fighter. Although the object of his affection is initially a bit heartsore and unsure about entering into a new relationship, she eventually lets the good times roll when they get down and dirty on a pool table.
Is it too early to ask about Homeland's new season? I just have to know what the show is going to do without Brody! — Margaret
Brody may be dead and gone, but executive producer Howard Gordon insists that the character will not be forgotten...